CFES Announces $60,000 in Education Awards in Wicomico County

Photo - Wicomico Education Grant Award Recipients - 2016

The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES) honored Maryland Lower Shore schools and educators with $59,919 in grants through the Foundation’s 2016 Education Award Grants Program.

Education Awards are made annually in conjunction with National Education Week through a competitive process to public and private schools on the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland.  Grants are made to those schools that have developed innovative programs to be particularly beneficial to their students and communities.

“This awards program is the Community Foundation’s principle vehicle for recognizing and rewarding those schools that are engaged in making a particularly creative contribution to the education of our children,” said Erica Joseph, CFES President. “These awards highlight truly remarkable things our dedicated teachers and school administrators are accomplishing,” she added.

The following Wicomico County schools received Education Award Grants for 2016 during ceremonies held at the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore’s Nonprofit Support Center in Salisbury:

Wicomico County Education Grant Award recipients are from Bennett Middle School, Salisbury School, Wicomico Middle School and the Wicomico Board of Education.

In Wicomico County

  • Bennett Middle School will pilot the One School, One Book program using Kwame Alexander’s ‘Booked’
  • Prince Street Elementary School offers a unique approach through six after school clubs that have combined fitness and wellness components.
  • Salisbury School, Inc. will engage students and leadership to create a middle school outdoor classroom.
  • Wicomico County Board of Education will support an off-site collaborative college and career fair for Parkside, Bennett, and Wi-High high schools.
  • Wicomico Middle School will pilot the One School, One Book program using Linda Parke’s ‘A long walk to Water’.

Calcott Award of Excellence Celebrated

The Community Foundation honored three literacy programs with the Mary Gay Calcott Award of Excellence.  The winning schools were Stephen Decatur High School, Wicomico Middle School and Bennett Middle School.  In addition to the Calcott Award, this school received grant funding from the Foundation’s Mary Gay Calcott Memorial Fund.

The award is named for the late Mary Gay Calcott, a professor of English at Salisbury University whose life embodied her ideals of teaching students to think, to express themselves with clarity and to care about the world they live in. To date, the Mary Gay Calcott Memorial Fund has awarded $10,500 to area public schools.

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Representatives from the Mary Gay Calcott Fund and recipients from Bennett Middle School, Wicomico Middle School, and Stephen Decatur High School, celebrate winning the outstanding Award of Excellence from the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore.  Pictured (l to r) are: Rick Wooten, Peter Hutchinson, Liza Hastings, Linda Hutchinson, Betty Wootten, Tracy McGovern, Kelley Morris-Springston and Kit Terlizzi.

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